Random acts of kindness. The Rose.

A submission into the Daily Post’s Photo Challenge. This week’s theme (Extra)ordinary.

Life moves quickly.  Way too quickly. Don’t you think?

The purpose of Thirty Summers is to try and encourage our readers – yup that’s you – to slow down sometimes and to Escape Ordinary as much as possible. Or in other words to stop and smell the roses. More on that soon.

Who likes random acts of kindness stories?

I certainly do. Let me explain…

We have lived in our current home for about 15 years now and for most of that time our next door neighbours were a lovely elderly Greek couple called Betty & John. ‘Betty’ spoke little English and ‘John’ none whatsoever. Sadly around two years ago Betty had a series of health issues and needed to be placed in a care facility.

It was sad as Betty & John’s favourite thing to do was to sit on their front porch watching the world go by. Well being nosey mostly! It was great, they were the street’s very-own Greek burglar alarm. John continued his verandah vigils for about one year but on his own it just wasn’t the same! John, now in his 80s, has also moved out to a care facility. It’s the end of an era! I guess the only constant in life is change.

A tender moment – ‘a rose’.

Some time ago now as my son and I passed their house John came down towards us gesticulating wildly & speaking madly away in Greek. Sadly I didn’t have a clue what he was saying. However it quickly became apparent what his incredibly wonderful intentions were. I’m not really used to random acts of kindness. I’ve lived in big cities all my life where folks tend to keep to themselves so this was doubly delightful for me.

Luckily I had my camera to capture something really quite ordinary transcend, for us at least, into the extraordinary!

(Click to enlarge photos)


Travel is my passion and also my career. I’ve spent my entire working-life in the travel industry with roles as diverse as tour guide, travel agent and marketing manager for some of the worlds largest travel brands. My favourite city in the world to visit is NYC and France is my most beloved country to explore. I travel to learn and observe to understand always with camera in hand.

6 thoughts on “Random acts of kindness. The Rose.

  1. I see the watermark made it onto these photos! This reminds me of our neighbors, much like these two you describe. They are retired and always have the garage open, ready for a chat with anyone and always ready to help with anything. People like that really bring the community together and remind me to enjoy the little things.

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    1. Haha. Yeah. I made the decision to WM my shots here. Just personal choice. Yup I’m lucky to live a great street but Betty and John set the ‘tone’ for our community many years ago. We have lots of street interaction and hang outs and I guess that is a lasting legacy to them 🙂 Cheers


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